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Arie Graafland & Heidi Sohn

In: The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory

Chapter 26: Introduction: Technology, Science and Virtuality

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Introduction: Technology, Science and Virtuality
Introduction: Technology, science and virtuality
ArieGraafland (section editor) and HeidiSohn (assistant editor)

The enormous subtlety and the wealth of ineffable nuances involved in human self-presentation originate in the subtlety and richness of the physical world, in low-level processes of biochemical self-organization. These utterly subject-free, but self-stabilizing processes constantly modulate the internal information flow underlying the conscious self-model. It is interesting to note how all current technological attempts at creating truly embodied artificial agents, for example, in robotics, are many orders of granularity away from the truly bottom-up solution Mother Nature long ago found on its way to physically realized subjectivity (Metzinger 2003, 291–292).


In 1993 the US government installed its National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), an organ whose main aim is the ...

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